Life as Mrs Jay Chou

Life as Mrs Jay Chou

The fairy-tale wedding at Selby Abbey, in Selby, North Yorkshire, northern England, has ended.

The fondant-covered cake and frosted cookies - some decorated with Jay Chou and his bride Hannah Quinlivan's silhouettes and others with the couple's initials - have been munched on by guests at an English afternoon tea.

The fireworks, which were let off into a lakeside sky at the couple's wedding bash at Castle Howard near York, North Yorkshire, have long cooled.

And soon enough, Taiwanese-Australian model Quinlivan, 21, will return to Taipei as Mrs Jay Chou and come back down to earth in her new roles as a wife and a daughter-in-law.

For starters, she might have to help her mother-in-law, who does not have a maid, with household chores in the family's luxury home, says Taiwan's Next Magazine.

Taiwanese pop king Chou, 36, famously wrote Listen To Mama, a 2006 song about how he owes his success to his mother's insistence, when he was a schoolboy, that he had to keep up piano practice.

In interviews in recent months - before the wedding on Jan 17 - he said he and Quinlivan would live with his mother, art teacher Yeh Huimei, who is divorced from his father, science teacher Chou Yao-chung.

In the report in Next Magazine last Thursday, Yeh was called a capable woman by her neighbours.

Even though her son has a reported net worth of NT$5 billion (S$212 million) and she holds the purse strings in the family - he has said he does not use credit and debit cards and gets money from her when he needs to use it - she has never been known to employ domestic workers.

Because she wishes to protect her superstar son's privacy, she still shops for groceries, cooks for him and cleans the house by herself, said the report.

But now she can teach her daughter-in-law to do some of her chores, and she has somebody to keep her company and go to church with her when her son is away.

Quinlivan has said she will stay in show business after marriage.

The model is a spokesman for Breeze Center, an upmarket Taiwanese mall opened by hotel tycoon Paul Liao and his family.

It has been said that she got the job in 2010 because the Quinlivans and the Liaos are neighbours in Australia, reported China Times Weekly.

But Chou has said he wants five children - soon - and what he wants in his relationship with Quinlivan, he appears to always get.

When you take a long, hard look at his girlfriends, a type emerges. Singer Jolin Tsai, 34, television host Patty Hou, 37, and Quinlivan are doll-like, obedient-looking and have a whiff of foreignness.

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